If you have chemicals... use them !! !


Finally, some crappy expired film

I bought some cheap expired sheet film, Ilford HP4. I always had good luck with expired film but this batch is fogged and has lost a lot of its sensitivity. What would you expect, HP4 was discontinued in 1989. My box did not have an expiry date printed on. That’s how old it is.

So I used it and discoverd two problems.It has to be shot at ISO 50/100 and not at boxspeed (400) and it’s seriously fogged. My negatives were very, very crappy. One thing was clear to me, even for lo-fi photography, this film was going to give trouble.

Cook it, bleach it, quick degrade it

So I remebered one of my failed projects, one that enhanced detail and bleached the negative at the same time. So I cooked my negative in a special, quite dangerous mix. I scanned the results as colour negatives, because they came out coloured. They looked like this.

Credits: gauthierdumonde

You can even see the detail on the wall painting in the back. This was the original neg:

Credits: gauthierdumonde

If you have chemicals, you should use them

I am not a chemist, I just like some trial and error. So I dropped my chemicals in the mix before fixing my film. And yes, it worked. I got rid of the blue and my happy crappy film becomes usable. Yihaa mamaa.

Credits: gauthierdumonde

Greetz Gauthier

written by gauthierdumonde on 2013-09-16


  1. sandravo
    sandravo ·

    Awesome! What's the secret recipe? I have a bad batch of ektachrome EPP that gives very dark negatives with very little detail, maybe this can save the day...

  2. ohlordy
    ohlordy ·

    mad professor !

  3. hervinsyah
    hervinsyah ·

    LOVE THE RESULT VERY MUCH, just had no money & place to do the same T_T